NBA Trade Rumors: Jazz want RJ Barrett from Knicks for Donovan Mitchell?

New York Knicks RJ Barrett (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)
New York Knicks RJ Barrett (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images) /

NBA Trade Rumors: The Utah Jazz seemed to have changed their minds and now want RJ Barrett back from the New York Knicks for Donavon Mitchell.

With Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving officially off the trade block, all attention will now be shifted to Donovan Mitchell who remains the biggest name that could be traded before the start of the 2022-23 NBA season.

Of all the teams lined to Mitchell, it seems as if the New York Knicks have an inside track. They have the most draft picks that they could trade and a strong collection of young talent too.

The Utah Jazz wants RJ Barrett from the New York Knicks

According to a recent report, the Knicks and Utah Jazz seem to be going back and forth on the number of draft picks and pick protections to be included in a possible deal.

The Knicks and Jazz have reportedly different possibilities on what a Mitchell trade could ultimately look like. And, at least initially, it didn’t seem as if the Jazz was all that enamored with the idea of getting RJ Barrett back in a potential deal.

However, it seems as if that has changed recently.

Per a recent report, the Jazz is now interested in receiving Barrett back from the Knicks in a potential deal for Mitchell.

And it was somewhat shocking early on that the Jazz wouldn’t want Barrett. I get they don’t want to have to pay him a big deal almost as soon as he walks into the building. But Barrett is a talented player that may not even have reached his peak yet.

Considering that he’s coming off a season in which he averaged 20 points, six rebounds, and three assists per game, it would be a crime if Utah made this move without including Barrett in the deal. He’s still just 22 years old and you can’t pass on a talent of that level. It would be malpractice.

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Nevertheless, you can never predict how this will all play out. As we saw with the Kevin Durant saga, nothing is truly predictable in the NBA.